Olsztyn Tramway First Public Rides : Travels 2015 (photo review) – Part VI

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On December 6 MPK Olsztyn opened its doors to the public to show the new Kołobrzeska tramway depot (which is incorporated into the existing bus depot, though the tram entrance is in Towarowa) and the new trams. Two trams offered public rides from depot to the junction at the railway station (but not letting people on or off away from the depot). Thousands crammed onto the trams. The depot is quite a way away from the station and this event offered a rare chance to ride trams on these non-revenue tracks in Dworcowa and Towarowa streets and also take photos.

Kołobrzeska depot








Towarowa street











Dworcowa street (Bahnhofstraße)








PKP railway station stop (in plac Konstytucji 3 Maja) and adjacent terminus (Lubelska)



The original system (opened in 1907) closed in 1965. There was also a trolleybus network from 1939 to 1971. There is a nice map on sharemap.org showing both the new tram network and the old lines.

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allenstein zertifikat

Cairo update (September 2013)

The closed line to Nasr City is currently being converted into a new highway (for fast buses…). As visible in this photo by Mohammed Farid sand is dumped onto the track. Presumably a tarmac top is next (how long will it take before the surface breaks up and the old tracks re-appear)… Very strange. The old overhead also survives.


On the still active tramway only the following three lines are currently operating (i.e. there is no service on the main Heliopolis line to Ramses railway station):

Almaza to Matria

Matria to Sheraton

Mataria to Alf Maskan


Cairo Update (Spring 2013)

Ever since our visit to Cairo in 2010 I have tried to follow the current situation of the trams. Not easy these days! With some local help (isn’t it wonderful we have the internet to find new contacts and make new friends…) we bring you a short update. Photos and maps (unless otherwise credited): M. Farid.

Above: Interurban car 1034 at Alf Maskan Sq. terminus

Here is a drawing of the tramlines serving Cairo & Heliopolis (which is part of Cairo) – click to enlarge (the single track depot connection from El Matareya to Sawwah depot is not shown – there is no passenger service on this track):


In early 2013 there are very few lines actually operating:

interurban (Cairo railway station to Heliopolis)

GREEN LINE to Merghany (the terminus is actually at Alf Maskan Square – Merghany was the previous terminus further south) using 3 two-car sets only!

RED LINE to Al Nozha – currently suspended because of demonstrations outside the presidental palace (which the trams pass)

YELLOW LINE to Abdou Al Aziz Fahmy – currently suspended because of demonstrations outside the presidental palace (which the trams pass)

urban (cross-town El Matareya in North East Cairo to Heliopolis)


LINE 36 MATRIAA – MAHKAMA – AL SABA EMARAT – ALMAZA (yellow signs also used)

Above: Most of the fleet (city and interurban) has now been repainted into this “new” livery (similar to what the interurbans carried but more green than blue). The city cars operate out of Sawwah depot (close to the Post Said road) and a long way away from the El Matareya terminus and the interurban cars out of Almaza depot. Here we see city car 6096 at Merghany (this is just short of Alf Maskan Sq.) terminus of the GREEN interurban. Indeed, the car is now permanently labelled for this service which seems to indicate that the two separate fleets are being merged (probably because the interurban cars are rather worn out – all their three-car trains have been robbed of the centre trailer cars).

lines no longer running:

LINE 12 MATRIAA – MAHKAMA – AL SABA EMARAT – ST FATIMA – ALF MASKAN (which is called “Merghany” on the interurban)

LINE 32 MATRIAA – MAHKAMA – AL SABA EMARAT – ST FATIMA – SHERATON (which is called “Al Nozha” on the interurban)

LINES 40, 41, 42
All the Heluan lines have been abandoned (reports from 2012 say the overhead wires are gone).

The line to Nasr City is still closed (it was also closed in 2010 when we visited) because of ongoing building works for the line 3 metro extension. This new metro line will go via Alf Maskan Sq. to the international airport and the GREEN interurban may very well be cut back to the original terminus at Merghany.

Here is an older map from 2000 (the depot connection from El Matareya to Sawwah depot is not shown):


Spelling of the different areas and names of the termini is tricky. Translation from different languages results in different spelling! Maximilian Dörrbecker uploaded the following two maps of 1996 (a track map and a line diagram) to Wikipedia (Wikimedia Commons License):



Todays lines:


7500/7600 Sirio

We’ve had various requests for details about the new short Siro trams (7500 and 7600 class) now running in Milano. The biggest mystery seems to be the actual length of the cars and if they all have doors in the end section or not. Alessio Pedretti has the following anwers for us:

Sirio 7500 (7501-7510)
25m long without door in end segment (but 7510 converted to 26.5m with door and 7506 under rebuild)
Sirio 7500 (7510-7535)
26.5m long with door in end section

already in yellow livery: (7510-7517, 7520-7524, 7526, 7529-31, 7534, 7535)

Sirio 7600 (7601-7633)
26.5m long with door in end section (7631 arrived just before christmas 2009 = 2 last ones still to be delivered)

only 7601-7628 in regular service so far

already in yellow livery: 7601-10, 7612-21, 7624-28

17 more Canaries

ATM is going to modernise at least 17 stored Peter Witts. They have been stored for a number of years at Famagosta metro depot. Many of them have already been transferred by road to Precotto tram depot before heading towards Teodosio workshops. It is very likely that when finished they will also carry the new (old) yellow livery. Good news indeed!

The following cars have been selected:

1557, 1561, 1566, 1575, 1590, 1694, 1724, 1759, 1804, 1812, 1826, 1854, 1890, 1908, 1923, 1929, 1986.

Some cars (in bad state or non-refurbished) may be sold or scrapped, though:

1508, 1541, 1592, 1631, 1819, 1846, 1857, 1867, 1921 (recently repainted in new yellow livery but wrecked in an accident on 6-JAN-2009), 1927 (non-revisione Scuolaintram), 1930, 1966 (non-revisione also fitted with trolleypole, 1989, 1997.

We used 1966 on a private charter in 2006:


2009 fleet details

The following list shows the allocation of tramway types to the individual routes:

  • 1928 (Ventotto)
    • route 1 = 9 from Leoncavallo + 11 from Messina

      route 5 = 9 from Messina (plus 8 cars 1928 bzw. 4700 from Leoncavallo)

      route 9 = 7 from Messina (plus 8 cars 1928 bzw. 4600/4700 from Baggio)

      route 19 = 15 from Messina

      route 23 = 12 from Leoncavallo

      routes 29/30 = 21 from Messina (plus 9 cars 1928 bzw. 4600/4700 from Baggio)

      route 33 = 18 from Leoncavallo

  • 1928 (Ventotto) mixed with other cars

    • route 2 = 11 1928/4600/4700 from Baggio + 7 1928/4700 from Messina

      route 7 = 17 1928/4800/7500/7600 from Messina + 6 7500 from Precotto

  • other types
    • route 3 = 12 4900 from Baggio + 8 4800/4900/7500/7600 from Messina

      route 4 = 17 7100 from Precotto

      route 12 = 8 4700/4900 from Leoncavallo + 13 4800/4900 Messina

      route 14 = 15 7500/7600 from Messina + 12 4900 from Ticinese

      route 15 = 21 4900/7000 from Ticinese

      route 16 = 12 4600/4700/4900 from Baggio + 5 4900 from Ticinese

      route 24 = 14 4900 from Ticinese

      route 27 = 7 4600/4700/4900 from Baggio + 14 4700/4900 from Leoncavallo

      new route 31 = 22 7100 from Precotto

Baggio has 59 trams allocated to service, Leoncavallo 76, Messina 116, Precotto 45 and Ticinese has 52. Total = 348 cars.

50 Canaries plus 2

1564 in via Cantu

ATM has repainted the following 50 Ventotto cars into white & yellow (livrea biancogialla – or “canarine”). The cars are usually on line 1 but as you can see in the photos (all taken by Alessio Pedretti at the end of June 2008) they also stray onto the other Ventotto operated lines.


Of course there is also one more canary car – this is the historic 1503. And 1911 runs in San Francisco (renumbered 1811)!

1813 in piazza Cordusio

1872 in via Broletto

1803 in viale Tunisia

(updated FEB 2009)

Air conditioning for 4900 series trams

ATM has fitted out the first 4900 series cars with air conditioning (and not just for the motorman!). The following cars have been rebuilt so far:
4951-4952-4956-4959-4960-4966-4970-4972-4977-4980-4981-4982-4985-4987-4992-4998. Note that only cars from the 4950-4999 batch are being dealt with.

Alessio Pedretti sent us these photos (all taken at the end of June 2008):

4985 in piazza Cordusio

4951 in piazza Cordusio

4966 in corso Vercelli

4985 in via Orefici